There are many injuries, conditions, and diseases that may potentially qualify a claimant for Social Security Disability benefits. In many cases, there are many impairments that, when combined (or occurring simultaneously) also may be considered disabling. Moreover, everyone reacts differently to pain; therefore, the severity of one’s mental health and its impact on daily life can be difficult measure.
Unfortunately, a medical diagnosis by itself is NOT enough to prove disability. There are many other components that the Social Security Administration considers in determining whether or not a claimant qualifies for disability benefits. This is why an experienced Disability Advocate can help prepare and present your case to the Social Security Administration in terms that adhere to their regulations and make sense.
Mental Health Impairments
Unlike heart disease or a broken bone, there are no diagnostic tests currently performed that demonstrate the severity of many mental health impairments and the debilitating impact they can have on daily living. However, an experienced Disability Advocate can gather the appropriate evidence to assist in showing that conditions such as these listed below may, in fact, be disabling:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);
- Bipolar disorder;
- Intermittent Explosive Disorder;
- Other impulse control disorders;
- Schizophrenia Spectrum and other psychotic disorders;
- Other personality (character) disorders;
- Depression, Severe Depression and Major Depressive Disorder;
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD);
- Other anxiety and panic disorders;
- Intellectual Developmental Disorders;
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD);